Opal L. Preston, 97, a lifelong resident of Ellis County passed away Friday, Sept. 9, 2011, in Waxahachie. She was born to the late Samuel V. and Lillie Arnold Sutton in Red Oak, Texas.

Opal was a longtime member of Ferris Avenue Baptist Church in Waxahachie. She worked for many years at Haggar Slacks as a machine operator until her retirement. She will be dearly missed by her friends and everyone who knew her and loved her.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joe W. Preston; daughter; and a son, Percy Q. Neal, Jr.

She is survived by her friends and family.

Graveside services to celebrate her life are scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, at Bells Chapel Cemetery in Rockett with the Rev. David Brown officiating. Interment will follow.

The family requests that memorials be made to Avenue Church in Waxahachie.

Arrangements are under the direction of Wayne Boze Funeral Home in Waxahachie.